Cognizant appoints Simone Moors to spearhead its New Zealand business

Simone Moors, Country Managing Director, New Zealand at Cognizant

Cognizant is expanding its presence in New Zealand with the appointment of Simone Moors as Country Managing Director, New Zealand. Under her leadership, the firm plans to triple the current workforce by the end of 2026 and continue its growth trajectory in this market.

Why is Cognizant committed to the New Zealand market?

According to The Economist, New Zealand’s IT spend is set to grow by 10.1% in 2023, outpacing that of the US (9.8%), Canada (9.4%), UK (8.5%) and Australia (8.5%). This growth is part of the driving force behind Cognizant’s commitment to the market.

Cognizant first invested in New Zealand in January 2021 with the acquisition of Servian, an enterprise transformation consultancy specialising in data analytics, artificial intelligence, digital services, experience design, and cloud. Servian’s onshore workforce of 150 engineers, spread across operations in Auckland and Wellington, have been working with top brands like Suncorp New Zealand to deliver business growth and improved customer experiences.

Servian’s workforce has been integrated into Cognizant, bringing together global capabilities and deep industry experience in financial services, technology, retail, resources, logistics, utilities and manufacturing, and specializations in digital strategy and experiences, enterprise application and infrastructure, quality assurance, security and business process optimization.

”We are excited to be partnering with Cognizant to support and maintain our suite of applications. Looking forward to explore further and benefit from the strength Cognizant offers.” said Lisa Flux, Executive Manager, Platform & Service Delivery, Suncorp New Zealand.

What does Simone bring to Cognizant in the role?

Jane Livesey, APAC Chief Executive Officer at Cognizant

Jane Livesey, APAC CEO of Cognizant said: “I am thrilled that Simone is joining the team and confident that the investment Cognizant made in Servian will further flourish under her belt. Simone will lead the New Zealand business to new heights by introducing everything that Cognizant has to offer and driving investment in the local community and workforce.”

Commenting on her appointment, Simone Moors, Country Managing Director, New Zealand, Cognizant, said, “New Zealand is a market ripe for growth, especially as a region with strong cloud infrastructure and IT adoption. I’m excited to kickstart my journey with Cognizant, helping to realize the company’s global vision of ‘Intuition Engineered’ for our market.”

“New Zealand businesses are innovative and looking at how they transform into future-ready, modern businesses. I look forward to combining our advanced global capabilities and reach with our existing and local expertise to enable their transformation journey.”

Simone Moors’ role as Country Managing Director, New Zealand, Cognizant follows an impressive 25+ years both locally and globally in the technology and financial services industries, including leadership positions at Vodafone, NTT, AMP and CoreLogic.